MLB Tonight Begins Slow, Irritating Descent Into Talking Head Idiocy

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As if the rumor-mongering and chest-puffing from the likes of Tom Verducci and Jon Heyman weren't enough to drag the new MLB Tonight show into (gasp) Baseball Tonight territory, viewers of the nightly offering from the fledgling MLB Network will now be forced to swallow the frequent appearances of the cheery FOX elf mascot himself, Ken Rosenthal.

Via Maury Brown's informative Biz of Baseball blog:

MLB Network today announced that Ken Rosenthal has joined its roster of on-air talent. Rosenthal will join the cast of MLB Tonight beginning Tuesday, June 30 at 6:00 p.m. ET. Rosenthal, who will continue his reporting for and MLB on Fox, joins Sports Illustrated senior writers Tom Verducci and Jon Heyman as Baseball Insiders on the MLB Network team.

"Ken brings a wealth of on-air reporting experience and insight into the game and we're excited to welcome him to MLB Network," said Tony Petitti, president and CEO of MLB Network. "As we grow as a network, it's important that we continue to bring fans the most up-to-date information from the best resources in the business."

We've had nothing but good things to say about the MLB Network so far, mostly because the nightly shows focus on the games and the commentators don't drone on endlessly about so-called 'controversial' topics like steroids or human cloning. But if the Rosenthal-ing of televised baseball continues, we may have answered this unfortunate question.

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